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Sep 11, 2010 6:00am PDT
story for us. mike, good morning. >> good morning, carl. how are you. yes, there's been a lot of controversy, and it's been building leading township this day. just think of what's happened in the past couple of weeks leading up to this commemoration of 9/11. in fact, no sooner will the last of the names be read and the last of the moments of silence be acknowledged at this point that two separate protests will form, yes, near ground zero, but, more importantly, in the site of that proposed islamic cultural center and mosque. one protesting the mosque itself. the other group in protest against racism and anti-muslim sentiment. there's so much of that in recent weeks. think of some of the examples. some say this is a christian company and they should build their mosques in foreign countries, and a radio dj in houston saying that if they build a mosque, i hope somebody blows it up. all of that leading to today. even president obama has been drawn into this talking about the now abandoned plan to burn those korans by florida pastor terry jones. >> although this may be one individual
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Sep 1, 2010 9:51am PDT
to teach us to cook with lemon grass. lemon grass is something we often eat in restaurants but we don't know how to use ourselves. >> so there's two ways of using it. they come like this. i like to use a mallet or a hammer like this. and you see this little edge, so you want to keep banging this. what i'm doing here, is i'm just getting fibers loose. so when you have this -- >> may i try that? >> certainly. >> oh, boy. good way to get your aggression out. >> you want to use basically this nice juicy part. the green part is not nearly as flavorful. and what you do, you use it to infuse a broth like this. this is a simple lemon grass soup. i want you to try a little bit. and you'll see that there's large pieces of lemon grass which i actually like to place with it so people realize there's lemon grass there. you don't want to eat that, because it's so tough. but you can really taste that, right? >> my gosh, it's fantastic. and how long when you cook it? >> that's just 30 minutes. >> and that just really adds to the soup. that is amazing, i've got to say. is it easy to find lemon gra
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Sep 23, 2010 7:00am PDT
getting those miners out. much sooner than expected. natalie morales will join us for a live report. >>> what's it like to be a member of a polygamist family? one man and his four wives are here in the studio to talk about it in a live interview. >> let us begin with a check of the top stories. >> thank you so much. good morning. >>> in the news this morning, president obama challenging world leaders to support a peace deal and if they do, he says, it may lead to a new member of the u.n. an independent state of palestine living in peace with israel by this time next year. on wednesday the president said the u.s. will continue to help developing countries but instead of buying short-term solutions, he said, the focus will be more on diplomacy and investment to help nations prosper. >>> nato confirms the taliban commander has been captured in southern afghanistan. the commander helped supply militants in the area with money for weapons. >>> in iowa egg producer testified before congress on wednesday apologized for salmonella outbreak that sickened 1600 people and led to a massive egg
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Sep 4, 2010 5:00am PDT
could have used a drop of an at my house and we didn't get anything. >> it skirted off to the east, heading right toward nantucket, skirted north carolina. this has been a real close call. doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods. they did get a labor day break from hurricane earl in the northeast. actually it's been downgraded to a tropical storm as it brushed the coast of massachusetts this morning with heavy rain and high winds. >> and lots of sighs of relief up and down the east coast because this could have been a lot worse. but it if you're thinking of testing the waters at the beach, you'll want to watch out for what earl left behind. we'll have a full update. >> half a world away, a big earthquake in new zealand caused widespread damage in their second largest city which is actually locked down today. >> the prime minister said it was a miracle that no one was killed. we will head live to christ church for a look at the damage there in just a few minutes. >> back in this country, coulky horman would have been going back tole school next week, but he's still missing after di
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Sep 24, 2010 7:00am PDT
suppose it's a great sign if you old a lot of gold. but you're absolutely right, for the rest of us out there, not a very good sign. one of the reasons is all the doomsayers out there are effectively trying to help bid this price up. there's a lot of fear. gold really shows the fear factor that's going on right now in this economy. also, the relationship between gold and the u.s. dollar is very important here. the u.s. dollar has really been getting hit hard. correspondingly, then, you start to see gold increase in its price. and now we've blown through $1,300 an ounce, a new high. >> all right. trish regan, thanks so much. >>> and finally now, let's take a look at this. a woman in montana says she scared off a bear trying to get into her home by throwing a six-pound zucchini at the bear, hitting it on the head. the bear ran off. officials say the unidentified woman was pretty shaken up. she's okay. she now really values very large vegetables. it is now 7:04. what next? can you believe it? >> she needs to be on a commercial for miracle grow. this saved my life. >> it worked. >> wow.
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Sep 8, 2010 7:00am PDT
. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community center that will be multifaith with separate prayer room for muslims, christians, jews and other faces. he is planning a multifaith memorial for the victims of 9/11 and insists he is sympathetic to the families. let us commemorate of anniversary of 9/11 by pausing to reflect and meditate and tone down the rhetoric that serves to strengthen the radicles and weaken beliefs and our values. moderate muslim americans say the protests and the threatened koran burning signal a growing intolerance. >> the sim bolg is hurtful and that does hurt a
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Sep 22, 2010 7:00am PDT
approaching. >> that's right. michelle obama will use her population and influence in six states where democratic candidates are in a little bit of trouble. this as lisa murkowski is being accused of trying to split up the republican party in alaska by running as a write-in candidate to save her senate seat. then, of course, there's delaware, where christine o'donnell says she's taking advice on all the controversy surrounding her from sarah palin. we're going to have more on all of this coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> talking about controversy, also had that bitter custody battle between mel gibson and his ex-girlfriend, oksanna aggressivera. the actor apologized for his behavior in those intimate phone conversations. why is so much of their dirty laundry being aired so publicly and is oksanna behind it all? this morning for the first time, her attorneys speak out. >>> and on tuesday we told you about that british girl who just won the title of america's perfect teen. so how do her fellow contestants feel about that? we'll hear from them and talking to that win withing teen
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Sep 18, 2010 5:00am PDT
is bearing down on the island. the weather channel's jim cantore is there for us. jim, good morning. >> lester, good morning. yeah, the national weather service here, the bermuda weather service, says it's called to prepare for a direct hit. the center expected to come within 10 miles of bermuda. and with 100 mile wide hurricani force winds, a direct hit is unavailable in through here. you can already see the wave action behind me crashing into the rock cliffs through here. but they're preparing residents. that's the key, to take a major hit. something they haven't seen since fabian here. they're saying we're going to have roof damage, it's going to be widespread. we're going to have tree and power line damage. the royal navy is on standby. the big question is when are they going to be able to get in here? is it going to be monday afternoon? because it looks like conditions are going to be bad for 20, 30, 40 hours where no one will be able to leave their homes and no one will be out on the road. cruise ships plan to park here? no way. they're not even coming in. this certainly looks
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Sep 27, 2010 7:00am PDT
when a guardrail sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that coming up this morning. now, matt, back to you at the white house. >> thanks very much. we've got a lot to get to. first, let's go back inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee is leaking in portage, wisconsin. some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. people in minnesota are also dealing with major flood damage. >>> today a panel appointed by president obama starts its investigation into the bp oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 139,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves 2011 sonatas built before september 10th. >>> with the summer driving season now over, gas prices are holding steady, according to the lundberg survey. the average price for regular, now $2.69 a gallon. >>> comcast chief operating off
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Sep 19, 2010 6:00am PDT
welker joins from us los angeles. >> authorities say five adults and eight children are missing. the kids range in age from 3 to 17 years old. officials believe they may be immigrants from el salvador. they are in palmdale, an hour north of los angeles. family members reported the people missing saturday afternoon and expressed concern because they found personal belongings in a purse that one of the cult members left behind. >> they left behind notes saying they were going to visit their deceased relatives and meet jesus. notes that indicated that they wanted to go to the next life. no words such as suicide or taking our own life were used at all. but the indications seem that that may be a possibility. >> authorities also found cell no one's that purse. authorities have released a picture, this picture of the woman they believe is the leader of the group. her name is reyna chicas. >> have authorities said whether this group exhibited any signs of this in the past? >> it's reported six months ago they were heading to a rocky outdoors area to wait for an earthquake or some other
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Sep 5, 2010 6:00am PDT
affairs correspondent, anne thompson is live in the gulf. she joins us by phone on board the "q 4,000" the vessel where the blowout preventer is being kept. anne, good morning. >> good morning, lester n fact, i talk to you, i am looking at the massive failed blowout preventer. it sits on the drill floor of the helix q 4,000 vessel this morning it took almost three hours last night from when we first saw the first signs of yellow metal breakthrough the water's surface to get it on this vessel. the blowout preventer came up through what's called the moon pool. and basically that is a giant hole that's created in this vessel when they open the drill floor and push it back. and then they raise this 1 million-pound structure. fbi evidence response teams filmed the rising and then immediately went to work on gathering evidence. there's also a team of bp lawyers here which watched the blowout preventer come up. the 1-million pound structure sits on a stump this morning. it is secured by four mammoth screws. it was hoisted up a mile from the top of the macondo well a journey that took some 32
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Sep 15, 2010 7:00am PDT
happen to the two other americans still jailed there? this morning, their mothers join us for a live interview. >>> and zapping the fat. two new devices promise to help give people better-looking bodies without needles, injections, or exercise. can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, september 15th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. christine o'donnell virtually unknown just a few weeks ago, but this morning she's officially the gop's candidate for the senate seat vacated by joe biden. >> o'donnell is now the sixth tea party candidate to win a race this year. but this morning, some are saying her win could actually be a costly blow to the republican's hopes of reclaiming control of congress in november. why? we'll explain. and we'll talk to christine o'donnell about her victory, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, for the first time, we're hearing from the connecticut doctor who
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Sep 10, 2010 7:00am PDT
us. once he discovered we were gone, i guess he went the other way and i thought i'd lost him. but fortunately i seen him pop up on the back of the street on the other side, we came up two opposite streets, so -- >> let's make the point, everybody in your home got out safely, and that's very good news. tell me about this house, though. this was your parents' house. i know that you grew up there and moved back in after your mom passed away. >> yes. >> had just remodelled it? >> right. >> what was it like to see it in flames? >> heart-wrenching. it really was. it was hard to watch. but the main thing is my intermediate family got out. the other things can be rebuilt and other things can be, you know, replaced, but you can't replace family members. >> where are you going to go from here, bob? where are you going to stay? >> oh, i got wonderful friends, wonderful friends that have offered homes for me to stay in, cars to drive. a friend of mine, bert, offered me a house to stay in and gave me a truck if i need it. we're staying with some wonderful friends, dave and jeanette siva, who a
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Sep 30, 2010 7:00am PDT
of newborns who use popular sleep positioners to keep their babies in place at night. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. but this is ridiculous. the all glass facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray at the hotel's pool that is hot enough to melt plastic. one person at the pool said he had his hair singed from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with torrential rains and the threat of flooding on the east coast. the weather channel's jim cantore is in wilmington, north carolina, with more. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. something we haven't seen in a while, drizzle. we've had about a third of our normal rainfall we have in a year in just three days. 20 inches of rain, and you can see how high the water got here. traffic is moving now, but this is the debris line, these pine needles and leaves and whatnot because the water rose very quickly. let's take you back to last night when we were raining at 2
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Sep 17, 2010 7:00am PDT
them anything. >> meredith. >> beth holloway's attorney is with us. >> hey, meredith. >> this came as a total surprise to you as well, she never told you she was going down to peru? >> she had already been down there a couple days before i knew she was there. >> why wouldn't she tell you? you're her lawyer. >> i've been her lawyer for five years. she knows i'm very cautious. i think she knew if she asked me what i thought, she might not like the response or ir would ask her to think about it a little more. >> you would have advised her not to do it? >> i think she made up her mind to do it and she didn't want to hear anything to the contrary. >> what did she tell you she was going to do there? what was she after? >> she said she went to see joran, she didn't give me any of the substance of what she was going to talk about, the purpose or how she was going to accomplish this, she just wanted me to know that she was down there so i could get her back if something happened. >> this is a maximum security prison, how did she get in there with a dutch television crew? >> i have no idea.
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Sep 7, 2010 7:00am PDT
storm for us. >> we've got a few more out in the atlantic we're tracking. let's get to hermine. st still a tropical storm, 50 miles west of corpus christi, 35-mile-per-hour winds moving north-northwest. tornado watches from corpus christi to galveston until 1:00 this afternoon. this will move quickly from texas to oklahoma in the next 24 to 48 hours. staying a tropical storm. later on today, it becomes a low pressure area, a depression. it is bringing a lot of rain. rainfall amounts, generally between san antonio and abilene, 10 to 12 inches of rain in the next three days. generally, anywhere from 3 to 5 inches. that will cause a lot of flooding. let's go back to meredith. >> al, thank you very much. we'll get your national forecast in just a moment. >>> now to decision 2011. election day exactly eight weeks away. according to the latest poll, democrats could be in very big trouble. chuck todd has more on president obama's efforts to limit the damage. chuck, good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. in the world of politics, labor day signals the official start of the fall ca
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Sep 2, 2010 8:39am PDT
fiber keeps us full, it pulls down cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels. vegetables are also important when it comes to weight management. >> when we're talking about how much the average person should eat it may sound like a lot but what are we talking? >> at least two to three cups. these things are all portioned down at one cup. a cup of carrots, a cup of peppers, broccoli, leafy greens because they're puffier, you would want two cups to equal that one cup. these are nonstarchy vegetables so the more the better. >> starchy vegetables? >> an ear of corn is equivalent to one cup. >> you okay? >> sorry. a cup of peas, or a medium white or sweet potato. so there's a lot of choices. >> working it into your day you've got a sample of kind of what could be an average day. >> right. and without a salad we're going to do this. start with lunch because a lot of people don't like to have vegetables with breakfast. a cup of soup and piling on lettuce and tomato on a sandwich. that's one cup serving of vegetables. as a snack you could have some baby carrots and hummus. another cup of v
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Sep 25, 2010 6:00am PDT
the use of his hands in a brush fire. now he has a new set of hands after just the third double hand transplant in the united states. we will meet richard edwards and find out how he's doing in a few minutes. >> remarkable story. and live from new york it's "saturday night." 36 seasons. that's amazing. we had a chance to meet with the cast members about the new season. we'll tell you what to expect coming up. >> i left the studio yesterday morning. there was a line of people camping out trying to get into the show. >> they're out there now trying to pick up tickets. >>> first, with the mid-term elections around the corner a look back at the week in politics beginning with political theater. savannah guthrie reports. >> reporter: on capitol hill friday, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert was billed as an expert witness on farm labor and testified in character. >> congresswoman loffgrin asked me to use my vast experience as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to draw attention to this issue and i hope my star power can bump th
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Sep 14, 2010 7:00am PDT
investigation is under way. that reporter is sharing her side of the story with us in a live interview, today, tuesday, side of the story with us in a live interview, today, tuesday, september 14, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" this tuesday morning, i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm carl quintanilla in for matt this morning. we are following breaking news out of iran. sarah shourd released from the prison where she's been held since last july. >> it comes after months of intense negotiations. an emotional morning for shourd's family as well as the families of the two men being detained. what led to this morning's sudden release and what will happen to the other two hikers? andrea mitchell will join us live from tehran. >>> the alarm wag more teenagers are getting high. it's called robo tripping. it involves common cough medicines and could soon force you to get a prescription just to buy them. we'll get details on that just ahead. >>> plus, a high school football player's heart races as he scores the game-wing touchdown. not from excitement, he
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Sep 9, 2010 7:00am PDT
tropical storm hermine is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread f
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Sep 2, 2010 8:25am PDT
joining us on the plaza this morning. on a day that's heating up. going to the mid 90s again today before cooling off over the weekend after that little thing called earl passes through. so we thank these people for stopping by. on the plaza, i'm matt lauer, ann curry is in for meredith. and natalie morales joins us, as well. we're going to talk in this half hour about a young lady with an unusual condition. >> imagine this, if you had a 14-year-old daughter and she could not eat for seven months straight. that actually happened. this young lady, and of course you can imagine what her parents went through. look at her now. we'll be talking to her about what she went through and how it affected her life. >> all right. >> okay. >> a reminder for you that on wednesday we brought our wedding couple here, melissa and jeremy, and then once we spent some time with them we gave you our four choices for the reception location here in new york city. well, we still need your help. got to go there and vote to our website at todayshow.com. learn more about our couple, melissa and jeremy, and ch
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Sep 3, 2010 7:00am PDT
with us for an exclusive interview today, friday, september 3rd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today." it's 7:00 a.m. on this west coast morning. they are looking at west coast time and that is cape hatteras in north carolina. i'm matt lauer. >> pretty rolling out there. i'm ann curry in for meredith. good morning, everybody. here on the east coast, as you were mentioning, earl has >> this morning the storm's outer bands stretch from north carolina all the way up the coast into pennsylvania andp ne jersey. fortunately the eye has so far remained offshore. that's good news. >> top winds are 105 miles per hour. it was downgraded to a category 2 from a 4 overnight, so, so far the storm surge has been minor and the flooding minimal. cape cod and nantucket are in its sights and are expected to get hurricane-force winds later today. >> we've got the storm covered all up and down the east coast this morning. let's start with al roker. he's in kill devil hills on the outer banks of north carolina. it took quite a beating earlier th
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Sep 1, 2010 7:00am PDT
about that watch and warning area. give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right. i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area, because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow, on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far offshore it is, we may have a problem friday into saturday for southern new england and the eastern tip of long island, but everywhere along the east coast should monitor the track of this in case there's an unexpected shift further to the west. >> when you talk about an unexpected shift to the west, you're worried about the eye of the storm, whether it will go closer to the land, is that correct? >> that's absolutely correct. we'll put a different graphic up here to show you why. this shows you the wind shear as it goes across cape hatteras. the red area is the hurricane force winds. if the track was further west, it would bring hurricane winds. up
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Sep 13, 2010 7:00am PDT
, what his spokesman said, and whole host of things, but certainly it sounded to us yesterday like there was a willingness by the -- by congressman boehner to go to the president's position of keeping middle class tax relief in place. >> so why all these attacks on boehner, the president invokes his name eight times in one speech, you tweet about him over the weekend, the dnc says it is running an antiboehner ad beginning tomorrow. there's also an antiboehner website in the works. what's behind the strategy here? >> well, look. this isn't directed at the individual. it's directed at the ideas and directed at the values. >> sure it's directed at the individual. you name him repeatedly. >> well, meredith, that's his name. it would be hard to just direct it to somebody out in the ether. but let's understand the "new york times" wrote a very long story about his cozy relationship with lobbyists. he outlines an economic philosophy that sounds a lot like we had for eight years that got us into this mess. i think the american people want to know who would be in charge of the house, who's
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Sep 28, 2010 7:00am PDT
an amazing job, but there needs to be a balance in terms of us doing a better job in terms of evaluating teachers, also management doing a better job in terms of saying let's help train teachers up and if they can't do the job, don't let them have automatic tenure. >> there's a new movie out called "waiting for superman" it wa paints a dismal picture of education in this country. teachers unions are set up to protect their members to the detriment of learning, why is that an unfair assessment. >> i could go through it factually, i don't want to do that. this is what i was concerned about about that movie. there are thousands of public schools in the united states of america that do a great job. should we all be doing a better job? absolutely, yes. i saw your interview with the president yesterday, matt, i agreed with everything the president said, we all have to do a better job, the mayor is right, the global economy is really different. schooling is different today than when you and i went to school. the thinking skills are things that all kids need right now. the bottom line
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Sep 20, 2010 7:00am PDT
they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. monday, july 20, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> officials in bermuda are saying that they are still trying to assess the damage from hurricane igor. >> hurricane force winds and driving rain has led to extensive power outages. >> it looks pretty this morning. >>> also ahead, former president jimmy carter is in the house and we'll be speaking to him about a number of topics including the rise of the tea party, those two american hikers still being detained in iran and what he seeses a his own place in history. >>> on a different note, there are new problems for lindsay lohan. could the troubled actress be sent back to jail after she admitted that she failed a court ordered drug test. we'll have the latest on that story as well. >>> let's given with the damage caused by hurricane igor in bermuda overnight. jim cantore joins us from elbow beach in bermuda. >> reporter: we
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Sep 29, 2010 7:00am PDT
let us begin this morning with that strong storm system that's causing a lot of problems down in florida this morning. the weather channel's jim can torre is in ft. lauderdale. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: and good morning to you, too, matt. we've already had about 1 to 3 inches of rain. we may see a few rainfall records slip by the wayside. the good news is, so far, that rain has come at a steady enough pace where it hasn't caused too many flooding problems. but that may not be the case this afternoon as the storm gets a little bit closer to us, maybe gets a little more organized. we could see more of that heavy rain move through. and it's really at the time of these rain bands where we get 1 to 2 inches of rain where we could see the street flooding, and that's what officials are telling people. watch out. when that water starts ponding on the roads and these pumps and canals can't handle all this, this is where we'll have tie-ups on a lot of these roadways. so far, so good. it hasn't been a heavy rain event so far that we can't handle it, but as we go on through this
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Sep 26, 2010 6:00am PDT
is still coming back at us. we do have patches of fog along the coast, that's the only place you will notice a little cooling today. even then we're only cooling to the 70s. a nice afternoon along the beaches. yesterday we were in the 80s at the beaches. notice it's a little cooler but still a nice day there. mid and upper 90s in the warmer spots there and tomorrow a bit warmer. summer, but now things are heating up. still hot over florida with readings around 90s. 60s and mid 70s here. >>> a megachurch will give its pastor a chance to address the church for the first time since allegations that he lured young men into sex with gifts and travel. ron? >> reporter: good morning. these allegations have stunned this congregation of 25,000 members, especially in light of eddie long's silence. silence he's breaking today. >> somebody needs to celebrate that moment. >> he's used to having audiences hang on his every word, but today it's likely to be wrapped with tension like never before. he was sued in court by four former members of his church and satellite church for pressuring them into
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Sep 16, 2010 7:00am PDT
nations and the world powers unite against him. matt? >> andrea mitchell in tehran for us this morning. andrea, thanks very much, as always. it's 7:09. here's meredith. >>> now to politics and the washington establishment still being rattled by the outcome of the primary season highlighted by tuesday's surprising win in delaware by tea party backed candidate christine o'donnell. nbc's kelly o'donnell is in washington with more on that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is day two of a short sprint to november. for a campaign that had little money and almost no staff. now, they tell me several hundred thousand has come into the website. christine o'donnell is being inundated by questions and attention about who she is and how she made her living. a lot of the criticism coming from other republicans. >> i'm hoping that when emotions settle down and the dust clears, we can move past this. >> reporter: tea party upstart christine o'donnell is trying to change minds fast, to give republican elites among her biggest detractors on board. >> i think they heard the message, they rec
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Sep 12, 2010 6:00am PDT
become a back and forth yords deal. >> the judiciary appeared to use the release to flex its muscles, which highlights the deep rift in iran ejen amongst the conservatives. on friday the foreign ministry announced plans for her to be released on saturday, with the result of ahmadinejad's personal intervention and reflected his special viewpoint of this islamic republic of iran on the dignity of women. hours later the judiciary suddenly called off the whole release which was a very embarrassing rebuke to ahmadinejad. like i said, this really highlights these deep rifts and this struggle for the balance of power in iran right now. >> all right. nbc's ali arouzi, thank you very much. and now here's carl. >> jenna, thanks. >>> as the nation remembers the september 11th attacks on saturday protesters took to the streets, tongurning the day's m from reflection to outrage. mike taibbi has the story. >> reporter: they are by now familiar remembrance. >> adam -- >> reporter: the pause of the moments when the planes struck and the towers fell. the bells, the reading of the names of those lost.
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Sep 6, 2010 7:00am PDT
. >> and i'm lester holt. the two of us are sitting here together, it means one thing, it's a monday holiday. we're laboring away. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. always good to be with you. >> the "b" team. no, we're the "a" team. >> b-plus. anyway, this time last week, of course, we were watching tropical storm and then hurricane earl made a real close pass to the east coast and now we're looking back in the gulf there is a new storm to worry about today. >> that's right. it's tropical storm hermine which formed in the gulf of mexico overnight. it's the eighth named storm of the season. tropical storm warnings have been posted already for northern mexico and south texas, which could get hit with severe flash flooding. we're going to get the very latest on the track of the storm in just a moment. >>> then, it has happened again. another woman has had acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. this time the attack occurred in arizona. once again, it was another woman who did it. was it a topee cat attack? we'll ask an expert coming up. >> unbelievable. >>>
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Sep 21, 2010 7:00am PDT
on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led by the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans haveied this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the cause of this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situation like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a taliban spokesman claiming responsibility. in the past t
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Sep 7, 2010 4:00am PDT
just as president obama unveiled his plan yesterday to use the infrastructure to put americans on track and back to work building rail ways and roads. they wasted no time blasting the proposal as the gop blamed the president for putting the country in reverse. tracie potts joins us from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the poll numbers show we're not satisfied with the economy, not satisfied with the president who is trying to fix it. president obama says he has a new plan that will put americans back to work. the white house says it's not a stimulus but the idea is similar, $50 billion for infrastructure, fixing 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of rail, 150 miles of runways and building a new air traffic control system. >> anybody want more delays at airports? >> no! >> no, i didn't think so. >> president obama says it will create jobs and won't cost a dime of borrowed money. >> this is a plan that will be fully paid for. it will not add to the deficit over time. >> republicans attacked saying americans are skeptical about more spending. senate minority lea
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Sep 3, 2010 4:00am PDT
ordered mandatory evacuations for all visitors. >> they have asked us to leave. so we're going to have to cut our vacation short this year. >> to the north of new england, many were making that same decision. ferries filled with vacationers headed out or emergency vehicles headed onto vulnerable islands as last-minute preparations kicked into high gear. >> once it starts, you could sit here and watch and the boats are bouncing and breaking loose. you can't get at them. >> reporter: knowing that north carolina is just the storm's first stop. >> it's going to be a very close call for much of the east coast. >> reporter: and earl may be far from done with its destruction. as we get more light now officials say they are going to be going out doing damage assessments, also the coast guard going to be doing fly-overs. the coast guard has search and rescue choppers ready to go if needed. >> kristen, thanks. in a minute, much more on earl from meteorologist bill karins. >>> meanwhile an oil platform fire right off the louisiana coast sparked fears of another oil disaster in the gulf. thir
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Sep 16, 2010 4:00am PDT
. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morning. republicans are digging in, not all of his own party members are on board. and all of this less than two months before a key election. how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is now backing off. >> if that is your only option, as you said sunday, would you vote -- >> i want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears to have spooked both sides. analysts say tea party wins could
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Sep 30, 2010 4:00am PDT
get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moon, that will end. veronica? >> sounds like congress
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Sep 27, 2010 4:00am PDT
order. right now those services using what's known as peer-to-peer software are difficult to intercept, because they're not routed through a central hub. according to the "times," the bill, which the obama administration plans to submit to congress next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with a question of privacy. >>> the bishop of a georgia mega church has broken his silence, speaking to his congregation for the first time since being accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships. in a fiery speech, eddie long vowed to fight the allegations and lawsuits, claiming that the church leader, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave the young men gifts and took them on trips in an attempt to seduce them. federal and state authorities say they won't investigate the allegations because all four men have said they were 17 or 18 when the relationships began. the state of georgia's age of sexual consent is 16 years old. >>> today nbc news is proud to kick off "education nation" here at 30 rock. it is a special week of programming, designed to shed a
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Sep 13, 2010 4:00am PDT
us, whose job it is to protect our people. >> 811 -- >> reporter: protection seems too late for many of the san bruno residents who finally got the all-clear on sunday to go home. >> i'm anxious. you know, when we left, i thought i'm leaving all of 36 years of memories in the house, and i may never see them again. >> reporter: memories now tainted with many unanswered question's. frances kuo, nbc news. >>> a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in alabama a police officer is recovering after a bizarre series of accidents sent him to the emergency room. the officer was first thrown 50 yards off his motorcycle when it crashed and caught fire. this after a vehicle moved out of line during a funeral procession. an ambulance responded to the scene but soon after en route to the hospital it overturned and caught fire. the officer suffered multiple broken bones and significant trauma to his legs and arms. >>> more than 25,000 people filled new york's central park for a five kilometer race for the cure. politicians, celebrities and other supporters ran alongsid
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Sep 15, 2010 4:00am PDT
. tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill with more. tra an interesting evening. >> reporter: in new hampshire still counting votes in the republican senate primary there. as of now we und that kelly ayot is about 1,000 points ahead but the vote countying continues there. as you said, this is the year of the tea party. they seem to be upsetting some party favorites. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we the people. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the tea party favorite who republicans said couldn't be elected dog catcher won the party's senate nomination in delaware, and in new york, political newcomer paladino overcame the 40-point lead to become the republican candidate for governor. >> if we've learned anything tonight, it's that new yorkers are as mad as hell. >> reporter: he'll take on democrat andrew cuomo. also in new york, 40-year-old charlie rangel beat the democrat and a dozen ethics charges for his bid to stay in washington. >> no matter what they say, i go back to washington stronger than ever. >> reporter: in all, five states chose senate nominees and six more
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Sep 2, 2010 4:00am PDT
be moved. crews used saws to dismantle the 1957 aero commander, which experienced engine failure shortly after takeoff. fortunately, no one was hurt. >>> and no vehicle is safe in detroit, not even the mayor's. an suv, part of the mayor's security detail, was robbed of its wheels and put up on cinder blocks. the vehicle was parked outside a gated detroit condo, but it's not clear why the vehicle was there. police are now investigating. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, let's check in with nbc meteorologist bill karnins witha busy weather channel forecast. bill? >> good morning, lynn. all eyes are on earl. this is a monster of a storm, one of the strongest to threaten the east coast of the united states. it's been since 1950, a hurricane called helene, that was a category 4 that approached the outer banks, and this one is also a category 4 storm. if this track goes inland, just any little deviation, this could be a very destructive event. as of now, though, it's supposed to remain just barely off the coast. here's the forecast path from the hurricane center
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Sep 17, 2010 4:00am PDT
. for more on that, we go to kristin dahlgren, live in for us in louisiana with more. kristin, good morning. >> good morning to you, lynn. day 150 and word that that relief well that they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the 2 1/2 miles below the floor of the gulf. admiral thad allen said that the two wells were connected and that the next step was to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. one step in the recovery. oil continues to wash ashore. and take a look at these pictures. so many dead fish. almost looks like a gravel road. scientists say it was caused by lack of oxygen and it's not uncommon here, but people are asking that the oil dispersants didn't play into that. meantime, bp's outgoing ceo tony hayward inflamed so many temperses defended bp's record testifying in britain saying there is no need to rethink deepwater drilling. meantime, here in louisiana, a push to start up the deepparty drilling to get the oil workers back to work. >> kristen dahlgren in venice, louisiana, thank you. >>> a powerful sto
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Sep 14, 2010 4:00am PDT
november's midterm elections, it could reach a boiling point. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: it is clear the battle lines are drawn despite what we saw yesterday may have been a hint of compromise between republicans and the democratic party. republican john boehner hinting he might support president obama's plan to extend tax cuts only forethose who make up to $250,000. not for people who make more than that. but the republican party, other member, came back and made it very clear that they want these bush tax cuts extended for everyone, including the so-called wealthy, because they say those are the job creators in our society. jobs that right now are so desperately needed. interestingly, it's not a completely partisan fight, because at least three democrats agree that these cuts should be extended for everyone until the economy is on better footing. so we're looking at two deadlines coming up. first of all, the cuts expiring by the end of the year and, also, the effect of this election coming up in just a few weeks in november. lynn
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Sep 22, 2010 4:00am PDT
. it was blocked by republicans with some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i stand here today on two good legs again as a proud, gay marine. >> reporter: democrats rolled out their big guns. eric alfa, one of the first warriors hurt in the war. >> someone who served in battle and others new i was gay and it did not matter. >> reporter: alva got a medical discharge, but since don't ask, don't tell took effect in 1993, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> but it's long past time to repeal this policy, which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked the vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes repeal. >> the senate goes down this path we would be ignoring the views of the troops an casting aside the professional military advice given by each of the four service chiefs. >> reporter: in fact, just before president obama awarded a medal of honor to the marine he's chosen to keep in command o
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Sep 20, 2010 4:00am PDT
corpses, used illegal drugs, tried to interfere with the investigation, and assaulted one private who blew the whistle on the gruesome attacks. the accused soldiers reportedly deny any wrongdoing. >>> and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in utah crews are working to contain a fast-moving fire that allegedly broke out at a machine gun range during a training exercise prompting the evacuation of some 1,400 homes. so far, there are no reports of fatalities or injuries, though one woman was treated for smoke inhalation. >>> in new jersey, crews worked to clean up thousands of rotting fish that have washed up at a local beach. it's not clear what caused the massive fish kill, but low oxygen levels could be to blame. the department of environmental protection is investigating. >>> and in louisiana, local artists and celebrities came together for a unique fundraising project. turning shin-high shrimp boots into works of art. over 40 uniquely designed boots, including one signed by saints head coach sean payton, and another boot designed by nbc's
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Sep 9, 2010 4:00am PDT
surrounded by gushing floodwaters. a rescue crew used a ladder to get to the car to pull the woman through the sunroof and then lift her to safety. >>> and in south carolina, a nervous dad gave his little girl the surprise of a lifetime. just back from a five-month extended tour in the middle east, master sergeant waited in the school hallway until a very surprised 8-year-old turned the corner and sprung into her dad's arms, crying, but of course, happy to once again be daddy's little girl. >>> and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's your nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, good morning. >> good morning, lynn. she turned that tough guy into a nervous wreck. >> and all of us. i mean, you watch those -- i mean, we've seen them before, but it's such a powerful moment when you see that. >> we love it. let's talk about what we also love, the end of the heat in some areas. now, much of the country has been an incredibly hot summer. the exception was on the west coast, and that, fortunately, you still remain cool. what has changed is tha
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Sep 21, 2010 4:00am PDT
not for millions of us, the president acknowledged. >> the challenge is that the hole was so deep that a lot of people out there are still hurting. >> reporter: and when a wall street ceo complained -- we have felt like a pinata. maybe you don't feel like you're whacking us with a stick, but we certainly feel we've been getting whack with a stick. >> reporter: the president staged a comeback. >> i think most folks on main street feel like they've been beat up on. >> reporter: and he will not okay tax cuts for anthony caramucci and his friends. >> 86% of that going to people making $1 million or more and lowered the deficit at the same time. i don't have the math. >> reporter: but will he have the votes after november to keep steering the recovery? i'm steve handelsman. nbc news, capitol hill. >>> house republican leaders plan to unveil a roughly 20 point governing agenjengenda fo next congress on thursday amid crucial elections they're hoping will give them control the chamber. the agenda is expected to focus on job, spending, heath care, national security and reforming congress.
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Sep 10, 2010 4:00am PDT
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Sep 1, 2010 4:00am PDT
, good morning >> reporter: lynn, good morning. with the military operations in iraq behind us, president obama said last night that looking forward, the next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with combat troops now out of iraq, president obama announced a new mission. >> our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millions of americans who lost their jobs back to work. >> reporter: he blamed massive deficits on financing nearly a decade of war with borrowed money. his focus now, jobs and afghanistan. he promised the pullout there will begin next summer. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests or the afghan people. >> reporter: republicans criticized the president for opposing the bush surge that turned things around in iraq. >> some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth and nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results. >> reporter: today's focus? the middle east. >> we pledge to do all we can always to protect and defend the state of israel. >> reporter
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Sep 28, 2010 4:00am PDT
, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. you will see the president's events take on a distinct campaign-like feel. two goals swinging through several states. first of all, to energize young voters, and as you said, sell his economic recovery plan. it's a plan that now includes a new $30 billion fund for small businesses. he signed that into law yesterday. the idea is to provide them more money so these businesses can expand, and hopefully hire more workers and affect the low jobless rate in this country. this is a message he'll take to albuquerque, new mexico, today, as president obama continues with the white house called a series of backyard meetings with voters. something that worked in his campaign that he's hoping will work in this election as well. and then later tonight, a big rally at the university of wisconsin to draw those young voters. as we get closer to this election, more criticism from democrats, from the white house on republicans. president obama calling the republicans pledge to america irr
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Sep 8, 2010 4:00am PDT
tough times. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments next year, giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments in tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> all of it paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out-of-control spen
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